Karl Heller, Chairperson

Following Karl’s career in An Garda Síochána, he is proud to have served the community in Dublin, Meath, Monaghan, and in more recent times as Chief Superintendent at the Garda Bureau of Community Engagement. He retired in Sept., 2017.Karl is the Chairperson, in a voluntary capacity, at the Little Blue Heroes Foundation. His experience in child welfare and protection are reinforced by his academic study in these fields. His experience and knowledge of this area played a significant role in becoming nominated and serving as a member of the original working group who developed the ‘Children First’ child protection guidelines for Ireland.

Alan Roughneen, Treasure

Alan is currently a Detective Sergeant of An Garda Síochána attached to Special Crime Operations.He was previously attached to the Garda National Crime Prevention Unit and responsible for CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) portfolio. He has extensive experience in Garda Media (TV and Radio) and Public Relations. His Police Training specialist is in psychology based fields (Emotional Intelligence, Stress-Management, Diversity, Learning Styles, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc). He is qualified in personal & executive coaching and is a former Aircraft Engineer specialising in Electrics and Avionics.

Alan Keane, Secretary

Alan is currently a serving Sergeant of An Garda Síochána attached to the Garda National Community Policing Unit at Garda Headquarters and has 20 years experience in policing and ICT. Alan has qualifications in Community Policing, Crime Prevention, Project Management, Desktop Publishing and Computer Applications. He has extensive knowledge in community policing practices and has represented An Garda Síochána at international level including CEPOL.

Ita O’Driscoll, Trustee

Ita is a retired Sergeant from An Garda Síochána and was attached to the Garda Racial, Intercultural & Diversity Office, Garda Youth Diversion Projects Office and the Garda Procurement Section. Ita was a qualified nurse prior to joining An Garda Síochána and has returned to the nursing field. Her experience and knowledge both from the police and medical profession has been very beneficial to the work of Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

Damien O’Donovan, Trustee

Damien is currently a serving Sergeant of An Garda Síochána attached to the Garda Youth Diversion Projects Office at Garda Headquarters and has 20 years experience in policing and youth engagement. He has extensive knowledge in youth engagement practices which has added to his role at Little Blue Heroes Foundation in policy development and youth engagement practices.